POCATELLO — Enrollment continues to increase at the 2-year-old Grace Lutheran High School in Pocatello as it finishes a 6,200-square-foot basement to house a permanent cafeteria, art room and foreign language room.
Headmaster Rev. Jonathan Dinger said enrollment at the private religious school, which currently consists of grades 9 and 10, has already risen from 19 students in its first year to 32 during its second year.
Total enrollment in the Grace Lutheran School system — which includes its longtime pre-kindergarten, elementary school, middle schools and high school — now stands at 464 students.
But that overall figure could rise to 490 when the high school adds grade 11 later this fall. Ultimately, the high school alone could accommodate an enrollment of 200 students, Dinger said.
Grace Lutheran has also hired a full-time high school principal.
Hanne Krause will succeed Dinger, who served as headmaster at the high school for its first two years. Krause will start in mid-July. Dinger will then be able to spend more time in his ongoing position as senior pastor of Grace Lutheran Church.
Krause, who’s currently principal at Trinity Lutheran School in Bend, Oregon, has long experience at Lutheran high schools. She will be at Grace High School in Pocatello for a meet-and-greet April 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“We think we’re doing a very good job,” Dinger said. “With Hanne we’ll do a great job because her background and experience makes that possible. It’s really a move to a mature program.”